Music: Voices From Another Time

A Gypsy band and Bulgarian choir spark unlikely pop interest

Score one for mystery. Score two, in fact: one for each volume of Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares. (Or, The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices to you, Rambo.) In 1987 the weirdest album to appear on the reliably eccentric British pop charts was the first volume of folk music recorded by this choir of two dozen Bulgarian women. Journals recorded approving, indeed awed, comments from the likes of George Harrison. The group caught on, and a record that had roughly the commercial potential of Botha: Live in the Transvaal! became a surprise hit. Released in America by Elektra/Nonesuch, the record attracted...

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